Matthew Lickona 8:30 a.m., Oct. 20
Sixties hitmaker Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & The Raiders) makes surprise appearance at Ugly Things Magazines 30th Anniversary Celebration
This past weekends Ugly Things Magazines 30th Anniversary Celebration at the Casbah delivered the goods for fans of sixties inspired music, complete with a surprise appearance from sixties icon and former Paul Revere & The Raiders front man, Mark Lindsay.
Sunday, May 26, the closing night of Ugly Things Magazine's 30th Anniversary celebration at the Casbah, was capped off by the surprise appearance of former Paul Revere and the Raiders frontman, Mark Lindsay, who jumped on stage toward the end of Revere tribute band Benedict Arnold & The Traitors set. The event, honoring the music mag’s 1983 beginnings, was put together by publisher Mike Stax and his wife Anja, both members of sixties inspired rockers, The Loons.
The night topped a three day weekend that featured such artists as Santa Ana garage punk band The Neumans, Swedish singer Ebbot Lundberg, formerly of the group Soundtrack of Our Lives, and reunited Los Angeles based sixties rockers The Sloths, as well as the debut performance of local all girl super group the Rosalyns, which includes members of Chinese Rocks, Schizophonics and the New Kinetics. Friday night’s highlight was a set from the Loons with special guest, New Zealand based slide guitarist Glen Campbell, best known for his work with sixties favorites, The Misunderstood. Meanwhile, Saturday night was topped by Love Revisted, a revamped version of the legendary band featuring original member Johnny Echols. He was more than ably backed by 90’s era powerpoppers Baby Lemonade, who toured as Love in the nineties with Echols and original singer Arthur Lee, who passed away in 2006. The bands set included all the classics, from “My Little Red Book” (#52, 1966) to “Orange Skies” (1967), with a two song guest appearance from original drummer Michael Stuart Ware. However the night’s MVP spot went to multi-instrumentalist Probyn Gregory. Best known for his work with Brian Wilson, Gregory’s trumpet playing on tracks such as the 1967 classic “Alone Again Or,” brought the house down.
Lindsay’s mini set Sunday night was preceded by the Rising Ramrods, aka, The Nashville Ramblers (joined by Comeupance keyboardist David Fleminger) who played a storming set that paid tribute to the early sixties New England scene. The bands performance was one of the best received of the weekend , with several guests taking lead vocals on a track, including both Stax, who sang The Squires “Going all the Way” (1966) and New Kinetics vocalist Birdy Bardot, who delivered a version of the Psychopaths “See The Girl” (1967), here performed gender reversed. The Rising Ramrods also backed sixties cult hero Ty Wagner, in his first appearance in nearly four decades. Opening the night were Los Angeles based, 80’s garage legends, The Unclaimed. In their first live appearance since 1986 and their first in San Diego since 1981, they played six songs, leaving the crowd chanting for more, only for frontman Shelly Ganz to return to the stage to utter, “Sorry, that’s all we know.” Hopefully, more will be forthcoming from this reunited combo.
Closing the night was a Paul Revere & The Raiders tribute band, Benedict Arnold & The Traitors, featuring members of Detroit rockers Fortune & Maltese, The Volcanos and Mitch Ryder’s backing group. Complete with the sixties hitmaker’s trademark revolutionary war uniforms, they belted out such evergreen hits as “Hungry” (#6, 1966) and “Good Thing” (#4, 1966). As the band started to play their single “Louie, Louie,” (#103, 1963), the packed house went ballistic as Lindsay bounded onstage, taking the lead vocal. With the crowd in the palm of his hand, Lindsay then delivered terrific versions of rocker “Just Like Me" (1965, #11) and pop favorite “Kicks” (#4, 1966), returning for the encore of “(I’m Not Your) Steppin’ Stone,” which Revere and company originally recorded before the Monkees hit version.
The three nights drew a wildly mixed crowd ranging from those just turned 21 to some in their sixties, but a good time seemed to be had by all. As might be expected, the weekend also pulled in its share of luminaries, with a who’s who of local bands in attendance, from members of the Zeros to newer artist such as the Nformals. Other notables spotted included Latin Elvis, El Vez, producer Butch Vig and noted music historian Andrew Sandoval.
According to Stax, the event was a rousing success, although he was “looking forward to a little sleep when it’s all over,” he laughed.